January 2015 Club Meeting - "Techniques of the Best Operators"

January 16, 2015 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ

Board of Director Elections

During the business portion of our meeting we will conduct the annual election of our Board of Directors.  As stated in our by-laws, 4 Director positions are up for election.  To vote in this election you must be a paid-up member of OVARC, i.e. you must have paid your 2015 dues.  

Nominees for this year's election are:

  • George Cooley, NG7A
  • Carl Foster, KB7AZ
  • Steve Wood, W1SR
  • Bob Molczan, KA7VPR
  • Bob Stephens, AF9W

According to the OVARC By-Laws, members are elected to the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors then appoints the officers for the up-coming year from the members of the Board. 

If you are paid member of OVARC and desire to vote in the election and cannot attend the meeting, please contact the Board Secretary, Howard, KC7AC.


Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

“Build a Kit”


Doctor DX

Presented by George, NG7A

"What Batteries and Antennas have in Common"


Techniques of the Best Operators

Presented by Mitch Stern, W1SJ

Why was it such a struggle to work all those W1AW portable stations? How come I can't work the juicy DXpeditions but everyone else does? Why is it every time I get into a QSO, it ends up getting swallowed up in a sea of QRM?

Now that you’ve bought up all that great ham radio stuff, now what do you do after you turn it on? How do you go about making contacts with others?

A good station certainly helps, but knowing WHAT to do when you get on the air is even more important. We'll start off with some of the basics of good repeater operating, move on to the more serious matter of emergency operation, dabble with DX and finally learn how to use contests to become better operators. You won't be same operator by the end the day and will be a force to be reckoned with on the bands!

About Mitch Stern, W1SJ

Mitch Stern W1SJ has been licensed 45 years and is still as active today as when he first started! His first love is contesting, and is a regular in the Sweepstakes, 160 meter, 10 meter and VHF contests and Field Day. Mitch’s other love is training new hams – which is a secret method he uses to increase his contest scores by making more hams! And when there are no contests, he finds time to maintain repeaters and do public service operating. Professionally, Mitch does consulting work in Broadcasting (just like ham radio, except with bigger antennas) and technical training.  

December 2014 Club Meeting - "2014 Holiday Party"

Mark your Calendars for the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club


2014 Holiday Party


December 21, 2014

2:00PM - 5:00PM

Ascension Lutheran Church

1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


The Holiday Party was a huge success with approximately 50 people in attendance.  Good food, good friends, good times.  



November 2014 Club Meeting - "DX'ing Jupiter"

November 21, 2014 

7:00pm MST

Ascension Lutheran Church 1220 West Magee Road, Tucson, AZ


Handyman Corner

Presented by Tom, W8TK

Make an all-mode digital sound card interface for $3.00


Doctor DX

Presented by Tom, W8TK

How to find DX using Spotting Networks.


DX'ing Jupiter

Presented by David Iadevaia, KF7MZY

David Iadevaia KF7MZY, recently retired professor of astronomy and physics from Pima College, will speak on DXing Jupiter. He will cover a brief history of radio astronomy and the hams who made major contributions and discoveries in the field...the science behind celestial radio bursts and the equipment needed to receive them. He will explain his basic setup using a typical HF receiver and simple wire dipole antenna that he uses to receive the galactic background radiation, Jupiter bursts and solar emissions. You will be amazed at how easy it is to become involved in radio astronomy with equipment you probably already own and use everyday and free programs available to predict and record radio bursts. Examples of current bursts he received will be presented. After hearing this talk static will never sound the same again!